After taking control of former Duquesne Steel Works site in 1987, Allegheny County asked RIDC to clean up and redevelop the 240-acre site in conjunction with the McKeesport Area Recovery Plan. RIDC embarked on redeveloping this site when the adaptation of existing industrial sites was not common, and the framework we developed catalyzed new state legislation. Since then, RIDC has renovated six existing buildings and recently built the new 30,000 square-foot Millwrights building with 10,000 square feet still available for lease. RIDC’s City Center of Duquesne, with its iconic green metal roofs, is home to 15 companies employing nearly 700 people, and continues to pay homage to the heavy industrial history of the site. Seventy-eight acres remain available for commercial development.
New RIDC tenant Laurel Print & Graphics signed a six-year lease for 10,000 square feet of space in the Millwrights Building with a contingency for additional adjacent space to accommodate their rapid growth. The move represented approximately a 34% increase in facility size.